Hurricane Dorian’s eyewall arrives on shore, bringing rain and wind to central North Carolina

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Hurricane Dorian raked the Carolina coast with howling, window-rattling winds and sideways rain Thursday into Friday morning, spinning off tornadoes and knocking out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses.

As of 9 a.m. Friday, Dorian had weakened to a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and made landfall at Cape Hatteras.

RELATED: More than 170,000 without power in North Carolina as Hurricane Dorian moves through

The storm will continue to pick up speed, moving off the coast. The storm dumped a lot of rain all across the state and even spawned 20 tornadoes in the Carolinas.

RADAR: See current location of rain from Hurricane Dorian

Doppler-estimated rainfall estimates for North Carolina so far are as follows:

  • Johnston County – 4.4 inches
  • Southern Wayne County — 5.6 inches
  • Clinton — 7.2 inches
  • Southern Wake County — 3.3 inches
  • Northern Wake County — 1.1 inches
  • Harnett County — 2.5 inches
  • Greenville — 3 inches
  • Wilmington — 8 inches

Gov. Roy Cooper joined other state emergency officials Friday morning to talk about damage and recovery efforts underway.

“It was a long night for many North Carolinians along our coast,” Cooper said. He went on to highlight the persisting dangers of flash flooding and storm surge, warning people to stay vigilant until the storm and all its aftermath leaves the area.

“This latest development shows that we cannot yet let our guard down.”

Cooper said approximately 4,500 North Carolinians stayed overnight in 78 emergency shelters opened across the state.

The worst of the rain and storm damage happened near the coast, but Hurricane Dorian’s effects reached all the way into the Sandhills and Triangle.

Two deaths in North Carolina have been blamed on Hurricane Dorian. Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that an 85-year-old Columbus County man was the first storm-related death in North Carolina. Cooper said the man fell from a ladder as he was preparing his home for the storm. On Thursday, Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis said a man pulling his boat out of the water in Oriental had a heart attack and died. His identity was not released.
More than 1 million people were warned to leave in the Carolinas, and a round of evacuations was ordered in coastal Virginia as the storm drew closer.

Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann and Don “Big Weather” Schwenneker said Hurricane Dorian is following right along with the forecast and will be completely out to sea by Friday evening.

RELATED: 20 tornadoes reported in the Carolinas as Hurricane Dorian nears coast, one touches down at Emerald Isle

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